A person who steals money from a convenience store by claiming to have a gun under his shirt is guilty of robbery, or using a violent threat to take something that doesn't belong to him.

Whether a criminal wields a weapon or just threatens to hurt someone while stealing from that person, he is committing robbery. Robbery is different from burglary — breaking into a house or building to steal — because it involves a threat of danger to a person. Carjackings, stick-ups, and muggings are all different kinds of robbery.

Definitions of robbery
  1. noun
    larceny by threat of violence
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    armed robbery, heist, holdup, stickup
    robbery at gunpoint
    caper, job
    a crime (especially a robbery)
    dacoity, dakoity
    robbery by a gang of armed dacoits
    heist, rip-off
    the act of stealing
    highjacking, hijacking
    robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
    highway robbery
    robbery of travellers on or near a public road
    the act of robbing a helpless person
    buccaneering, piracy
    hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it
    type of:
    larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
    the act of taking something from someone unlawfully
  2. noun
    plundering during riots or in wartime
    synonyms: looting
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    type of:
    pillage, pillaging, plundering
    the act of stealing valuable things from a place
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